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Old 11-05-2019, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a unicorn

My VW up! on CNG is gone

It's been rear-ended by a Volvo and declared an economical total loss
Too costly to repair.
It was still legally drivable, but the insurance deal was too good not to take it.


So, looking for a new unicorn ...

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Doh, sorry to hear that. But I'm glad you are okay (I am assuming).

What are you looking for as a replacement?
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But I'm glad you are okay (I am assuming).
Yeah, no physical harm done.

Just the up!'s trunk folding - aft & above of where the CNG tanks sit


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Well, a unicorn I'm afraid


Something more spacious, with a tow hook, 4x4 (want to go camping wild), economical and ecological ...
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When I was working one summer during college my 1952 Ford Fairlane hardtop (cream over light blue) was totaled while it was parked in front of my parents' house. I drove it that way the rest of the summer. ...while my insurance agent let a sailor on leave skip town.

I need to sell my unicorn, but it's on the wrong continent and it doesn't have tow hooks.

Can you get something to tide you over until VW ships the ID.Buzz?
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Can you get something to tide you over until VW ships the ID.Buzz?
Won't be economical, being VW and electrified & all that, well, buzz about it


They'll want to market it as posh toy, Honda e style

Even the Transporter is already horrendously expensive
The Caddy is available on CNG, but is a 16 year old -Golf 5- vintage design
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Well I don't know what your budget is but...


https://classicsteelbody.com/collections/bodies

The electric conversion is off-the-shelf.
https://evwest.com/catalog/

The electric conversion and body shell run US$17K each. The doors, nose skin, suspension wheels and tires, wiring loom and paint would eat at least that much so US$50K to have a better camper than the ID.Buss.
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Jeez, they still make entire Bulli's

It'd be a struggle of epic proportions to get these on the road here

EV conversions are very rare , often taking a detour outside Belgium, then being re-imported after registering abroad (but in the EU)
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There is that, then.

Those bodies-in-white are aftermarket. VW has partnered with eClassics to produce Type I roller-skates that use e-Up! drivetrain, batteries and fast charger.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/29695/...ubbed-e-kafers
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Two such conversions have already been built by Volkswagen with its partner eClassics, which named the cars "E-Käfer," käfer translating from German as beetle. Both cars are described as "near-production" prototypes . or proof-of-concept vehicles that show how customer-commissioned E-Beetles could look if ordered en masse. As Volkswagen plans to neither revive the Beetle under its electric vehicle brand, ID, nor put the ID Buggy into production, the eClassics-built E-Käfer is effectively your only shot at owning a Volkswagen-approved electric Beetle.
The EU equivalent of US$44K, IIRC. Then you could make a wooden camper body and let them freak out about that instead.


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